The French government has called for an end to the week-long Air France pilots’ strike as prime minister Manuel Valls said it’s damaging the image of the country.
The strike now in its fourth day is reported to be costing Air France €10 million to €15 million a day.
The walkout is over the airline’s plans to expand its low-cost subsidiary Transavia - A move unions claim could affect working and pay conditions.
"This strike is weighing heavily on Air France, as well as on its finances, and on the attractiveness and the image of our country," Valls said during an interview with France Inter radio.
"No one understands what this strike is about," the France PM added.
Air France has confirmed it expects to operate only 42 per cent of its scheduled flights today (September 18), with an estimated 60 per cent of its pilots striking.
The airline is urging passengers with a flight reservation between September 18 and 22 to postpone their trip or change their ticket “at no extra cost”.